Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies prepares you for both the intellectual and practical challenges of a career in peace building or related fields. From justice and reconciliation after mass violence to the role of religion in war and peace, a broad range of subjects is on offer in this program, taught by experts in the field.
One of only a handful of programs of its kind in the world, the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies provides a distinctive qualification in a growing field and can be tailored to your interests.
In addition to a core program of peace and conflict studies units, you can pursue electives from a range of disciplines, including development studies, human rights, political economy, international relations and security studies.
Why study with us?
Study with leading scholars and expert commentators and practitioners in peace journalism, transitional justice, conflict resolution, nonviolence, community mediation, human rights, the United Nations, faith-based peacebuilding and the psychology of peace.
The degree is based within the University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, which enjoys a significant global reputation as a centre of research excellence in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as other adjacent fields.
You can complete a dissertation or undertake a social justice internship pathway in the latter stages of the degree, preparing you for higher degree research or professional practice. Our distance learning program allows mid-career professionals to obtain a world recognised qualification without having to relocate to Sydney.
Master of Peace and Conflict Studies
Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.
|Level of prior learning||Full-time duration||Credit points to complete|
|AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law||1.5 years||72|
|Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate||1 year||48|
|AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline||1 year||48|
For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online
Further course information
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Course outcomes and further study
Our graduates enjoy challenging and rewarding professional careers with the United Nations, non-government organisations, media organisations, the private sector, government departments and agencies. A number of our graduates have gone on to pursue a PhD and academic career.
Our graduates hold positions such as
− International Programs Officer, UNICEF
− Managing Director and Mediator, Negocio Resolutions
− Reporter, The Guardian
− Junior Professional Officer, World Bank
− Knowledge Broker, United Nations Development Programme
− Humanitarian Policy Officer, AusAID
− Producer, ABC
− Project and Gender Officer, United Network of Young Peacebuilders
− Manager of Business Intelligence and Communication, Oil Search Health Foundation
− Youth Outreach Coordinator, Oxfam
Admission to candidature for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences; or an equivalent qualification or
(a) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.
Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.
Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies combined distance learning and intensive face-to-face delivery mode is not CRICOS registered and is therefore not available to international students on a student visa who come to Sydney to study on shore. Students wishing to undertake the course in this delivery mode should apply directly to the university by the choosing the Distance Education from the drop-down menu under the International applicants section and follow the prompts to apply for the Distance Learning program. Please consult the Australian High Commission for advice about the appropriate visa to come to Sydney to undertake a unit or units of study.
The MPACS course is also offered as an onshore course (CRICOS registered) for international students on a student visa who must apply through the International Office for admission.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.